touchy

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touch·y / ˈtəchē/ • adj. (touch·i·er , touch·i·est ) (of a person) oversensitive and irritable. ∎  (of an issue or situation) requiring careful handling; delicate: the monarchy has become a touchy topic. DERIVATIVES: touch·i·ly / ˈtəchəlē/ adv. touch·i·ness n.